Greetings and salutations to you all and welcome back to my little corner of the T4 website. Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written that. I hope you all had a great and safe holiday season. With so many games being released during the break, it’s kinda overwhelming to pick a game to review. Where do I start? Skyrim? WWE 12? Call of Duty: Insert name here? Assassin’s Creed: Revelations? Seeing as how I started here and Saints Row 2 was my first review, I’m gonna start off the new year with Saints Row 3 a.k.a. Saints Row The Third. You can buy Saints Row 3 for anywhere between $35 and $59.99 depending on where you look. There are also DLC packs for the game. You can buy the season pass ($19.99) which will give you the 3 DLC mission packs for free (Genkibowl VII which is available now, Gangstas in Space, and The Trouble with Clones) or you can buy each pack on it’s own which are $6.99 each. There are also little add ons like different outfits and weapons for a couple of bucks a piece.
The story of Saints Row 3 obviously takes place after the events of Saints Row 2. The Saints have become this huge media empire (think Nike) after taking over the Ultor Corporation, and have their names, faces, and logo pasted everywhere. As you can imagine, this doesn’t sit well with certain people and after the opening bank heist, you’re abducted by the Syndicate (an international mob) who attempt to cut the Saints out and take over all their belongings, property, and their money. Negotiations don’t quite work out beneficial for either group and the Saints find themselves in the city of Steelport. From here on out, you’ll have to start fighting your way back to the top as you take out the rival gangs who control the various parts of the city. Yeah, the plot is kind of the same as always with the Saints Row games, but it really is entertaining and well worth the play through.
It’s time for the trophy rundown. There are 60 (61 for PS3 users due to the Platinum Trophy.) trophies/achievements you are able to win in Saints Row 3. All of them are pretty easy to get if you take your time with the game. One of the trophies is for spending 30 hours in Steelport. I’ve completed the story part of the game, done 34 of the 35 assination missions, found a lot of the collectibles, and did about 15-20 of the challenges all within about 25 hours of real time. with that being said, you’ll probably get a majority of the trophies by the time you get the 30 hour one. Or maybe that’ll be your last one. 95% of the trophies are related to the story mode (Complete Act 1, 2, 3 in various ways) and side missions you can do (35 assassination missions, all the heli-assault missions, all the Mayhem missions and so on), so as long as you complete story mode, the side missions, and find everything, you’ll be pretty close to being done with your trophy list.
Getting into the criteria…..
The Good: I think it’s amazing how the writers of this game can make this game extremely wild and crazy, yet the story can feel so relateable at times. For example, there’s this mission where you are driving to the Saints Headquarters with one of your old buddies and you start singing together the song “What I Got” by Sublime. Who can’t relate to that?! Also, if you are a fan of the Saints Row series, you know exactly what to expect from Saints Row 3. As long as you still have the main story to fall back on, you’ll have a great time with the game.
The Bad: The only 2 things I can really say were negatives with this game would be that once you complete the story, most of the fun is gone and that there is no New Game +. You’re just left with finishing up the challenges and the side missions. Since there is no New Game +, if you wanted to go back to Act 1 and do it the other way to unlock the trophy/achievement, you’re gonna have to start a brand new game and lose all your upgrades and everything you’ve unlocked/bought.
With all that being said, thank you for reading my review. If anything in this review caught your interest, please check out this game. Feel free to leave comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated. If you agree with what I have written, say so. If you don’t like the game or my review, say so. If there is a certain game you’d like to see me review out of my collection, once again, just say so, and I will do the best that I can to write one up for you.
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